December 21, 2021 Sports Betting, Tribal

St. Croix Chippewa casinos to offer sports betting following compact amendment

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Follows an agreement signed between Gov. Tony Evers and St. Croix Tribal Chairman William Reynolds.

The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe of Wisconsin will soon offer legal and regulated sports betting at its casinos. This comes after a decision made on Monday between Governor Tony Evers and the tribe’s Chairman William Reynolds that amended St. Croix’s gaming compact.

Per the amendment, the tribe has been granted the right to offer ‘event wagering’ on a number of sporting events.

"It means a lot to us, not just economically for the tribe itself, but it also helps our tourism in our counties that our casinos reside in," Reynolds said. “We're still working on our construction. We're working on our policies and procedures, fine-tuning them to get ready to go."

Following a 45-day review by the Department of the Interior, which is expected to be passed, the tribe hopes to launch its sports betting offering prior to the Super Bowl on February 13.

"I’m grateful for Chairman Reynolds and the St. Croix Chippewa Tribal Council for their efforts to negotiate this compact," said the Governor. "Event wagering will bring new opportunities for employment and revenue growth to the Tribe and provide a welcome boost to our recovering tourism and entertainment industries."

Steps to launch sports betting at the tribe’s casinos went up a gear when the Tribal Council voted to approve the change on November 30.

Initially, the tribe will add sports betting facilities to its Turtle Lake casino. Following this, the group will add its offering to two others casinos in Hertel and Danbury.

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